The youth movement is starting to really take shape at NASCAR’s premiere level. With recent stars like Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards retiring, the younger drivers are finally getting their chance to shine and show what they’ve really got.
After three races to this season, they’re doing just that.
Four of the top six drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings are 26 or younger in age. 24-year old Kyle Larson is really showing that he can be the championship contender that we all thought he would be as he has finishes of 12th, second and second respectively in 2017.
In the Daytona 500, Larson ran out of gas while leading on the last lap. In Atlanta, Larson was leading with seven laps-to-go but couldn’t hold off Brad Keselowski. Then, today in Vegas, Larson was up front in the end again. He’s second in the points, just one point out of the lead.
21-year old Chase Elliott was leading the Daytona 500 with three laps-to-go before he ran out of fuel. Then, the Georgia native finished fifth at his hometrack in Atlanta last weekend, and Sunday in Vegas, he finishes third in his no. 24 Chevrolet. He’d third in the Cup standings three points out.
26-year old Joey Logano is fourth in the standings after two sixth place finishes to start the season and a fourth today. Yes, he had a dust up with Kyle Busch on pit road, but he’s a championship contender yet again as he’s 13 points out of the lead after three races.
Then, there’s the ultimate sleeper. 23-year old Ryan Blaney is driving for the Wood Brothers and there he is in sixth in the Cup standings. Blaney, has finished second, 18th and seventh to start the season and is honestly going to breakout and get a win here soon.
For NASCAR, this is a dream start to the season for their youth movement.